Filmmaker Kiyoko McCrae retraces her mother and grandmother’s footsteps by returning to her hometown Tokyo and her grandmother’s hometown Kobe. By blending vignettes and stories of surviving family members with poetry and animation, Within, Within, is anchored by her imagining of what life would have been like for her grandmother in post-war Japan, pregnant with her mother, who in turn was carrying the seed of herself, within, within. Through this journey she aims to uncover the legacy of generational trauma of war and violence, the impossible choices we make as mothers and daughters and the humility of love, by weaving a visual tapestry that is part memory, part speculation.

Director | Kiyoko Mccrae